Canelo vs Kirkland Final Presser
Here’s what took place at the final press conference between the two and who said what.
Canelo Alvarez, Former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion:
“Thank you all for being here. I want to say thank you for all of the support you have been giving me. We have worked very hard to come out with this victory.
“It’s very easy to say words, but once we are in the ring, let’s let the fists do the talking.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“We are excited to be once again partnering with the champion network, HBO, where everyone is guaranteed to watch the best that boxing has to offer.
“Some people weren’t too content with the May 2 performances but one thing is for sure: people are very excited to watch some action with Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland on May 9.
“As a promoter, you want to work with fighters that want to go against the very best. That is what is so exciting for me about promoting this event because that’s what we’ll have on May 9. The best fighting the best.
“James is one of the most decorated punchers and fighters. He brings power, and he brings excitement to ring.”
James Kirkland, Super Welterweight Contender:
“I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We had this fight set up once before but it was canceled due to an injury.
“My training camp has been outstanding. Canelo brings a lot to the game; he has a great team backing him. I would like to thank the fans, HBO, and everyone who will be at the fight. Thank you. Team Kirkland!”
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Founder and Chairman of SMS Promotions:
“This is excitement. Originally, I was just passionate about boxing, I was just a fan, but now, to be a part of what could possibly be the biggest fight of the year, that is really exciting.
“I want to thank everyone, Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, HBO, and everyone working behind the scenes to make this fight happen.
“One of my up and coming fighters for SMS Promotions, Ryan Martin, will also be fighting on May 9.
“We will definitely get a chance to see some action on May 9 at Minute Maid Park. It’s the perfect place for this fight.”
Bernard Hopkins, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner:
“Thank you everyone that participated in putting this event together. Right now, these fighters have a chance to be the ‘next big thing.’
“This will be the shortest comment I’ve ever made: Canelo, you’re healthy, right? (nod) Kirkland, you’re healthy, right? (nod) Then, we’re going to fight, ya’ll.”
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